May 20, 2016 Latest post:
Apr 12, 2020
We created this caring bridge site to help keep our family and friends up to date on Leo's progress as he beats leukemia. We will try and update as much as possible! Thanks for your continued love and prayers.
Leo is 5 years old and was diagnosed on April 6th, 2016 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Leo was a happy, healthy, and very smart little boy. On April 4th, after complaining of arm pain, we took him to the pediatrician. After x-rays and some lab work, Leo was sent home. That evening while getting ready for bed, the doctor called, telling us to take Leo to Children's hospital emergency room and that he needed a blood transfusion immediately. Leo's hemoglobin was so low, they don't know how he walked into the office that day. They day before he was hitting baseballs!
After hours in the emergency room and getting stuck over 9 times for blood draws and iv placements, an oncologist came to talk to us. She informed us there was abnormal cells in Leo's blood, that they were not sure what we were dealing with, but it could be cancer. As a parent, that brought us to our knees. We were admitted to the 9th floor oncology unit at 3:30 in the morning. At that point, life was changed. Leo had multiple blood transfusions to get him to a safe point for a bone marrow biopsy. Within hours of the biopsy we were sat down and told that our child had cancer. We had to wait 3 days for the pathology of Leo's cancer to come back, once it did, treatment began.
Since his diagnosis Leo has had chemo at least once a week or more either through his implanted mediport or into his spinal fluid. He has had blood transfusions due to low counts. It has been a long 6th months, but Leo is one of the toughest and strongest kids we have ever seen! Leo learned how to swallow pills, which is something that doesn't typically happen with 5 year olds! Leo has been admitted to the hospital 5 times for fevers and seizures. Through every needle stick, test and procedure he stays strong and amazingly, happy.
We would like to thank everyone for their continued positive thoughts and prayers for Leo. We know that God is looking out for him and helping him through this every step of the way. Please keep the prayers coming. Thank you for helping to raise awareness for childhood cancer, it is much more common that we think, and it can happen to anyone, at anytime. Thank you all for your support of Leo and our family, and we can't wait for the day when this time in our lives is a distant memory.